The Art of Zaha Hadid in London

“I’ve always been interested in the concept of fragmentation and the ideas of abstraction and explosion, to deconstruct the ideas of repetition and mass production. My will is first compared with the first Russian avant-garde; in particular with the work of Kasimir Malevch – which was an early influence on me as a representative of the modern avant-garde, the intersection between art and design. Malevich discovered abstraction as an experimental principle that can act as a propellant for the creative work up to levels of invention never of heard before; This abstract work has allowed very high levels of creativity.” Zaha Hadid, 2007

'Metropolis', 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation
‘Metropolis’, 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation

From the 8th of December 2016 to the 12th of February 2017, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, in the heart of Hyde Park in London is hosting the exhibition “Zaha Hadid, Early Paintings and Drawings”, a presentation originally designed by Zaha Hadid herself, where the paintings and notebooks of drawings date back to the years prior to the Vitra Fire Station in Germany (1993, the first construction of one of ther projects).

Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017)  © Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Luke Hayes
Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017)
© Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Luke Hayes

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery built in 1805 was originally a military warehouse, it was renewed in 2013 by Zaha Hadid Architects, joining a nineteenth century structure, made of bricks, and one of the twentyfirst century, a tensile structure.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery; © 2013 Luke Hayes
Serpentine Sackler Gallery; © 2013 Luke Hayes

Works by Zaha Hadid are energetic and dynamic. As her structures, her paintings tend towards motion, by not being bound by the constraints of matter, the forms are free to follow the slender trajectories. The subjects that recall the typical volumes of its harmonious structures stand out in a two-dimensional landscapes.

Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017)
Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017)

Four of the paintings on display are recreated in 3D and are made available through virtual reality viewers. The forms emerge from the canvas and become abstract landscapes in which the viewer is accompanied on a virtual tour. The possibilities of three-dimensional representation is being pushed to its limits, making it even more exciting of the paintings already able to communicate vividly.

Screenshot. Zaha Hadid: Virtual Reality Experience 2016, The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915 – 1932, 1992-93 - Tatlin Tower and Tectonic “Worldwind”, 1992-93 © Zaha Hadid Foundation
Screenshot. Zaha Hadid: Virtual Reality Experience 2016, The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915 – 1932, 1992-93 – Tatlin Tower and Tectonic “Worldwind”, 1992-93 © Zaha Hadid Foundation

Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and Drawings
West Carriage Drive
London
W2 2AR
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18.
Free admission